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Friday, April 25, 2014

DEBORAH INGERSOLL ARRAIGNED; Not Guilty Plea Entered On Conspiracy To Defraud Financial Institution Count

Deborah Ingersoll, federal criminal defendant
The Bay City Times reports that Deborah Ingersoll, the wife of federal criminal defendant Steven J. Ingersoll, was arraigned on Tuesday, April 22. 

Ingersoll appeared before U.S. District Magistrate Judge Charles M. Binder at the federal courthouse in downtown Bay City. Ingersoll stood beside attorney Barbara Klimaszewski and only spoke to answer Binder's yes-or-no questions. A not guilty plea was entered on her behalf.

The Bonnie-and-Clyde of the charter school world left the federal courthouse in downtown Bay City together after the arraignment, nearly unrecognizable without the human shields used during their financial crime spree: Michigan's taxpayers and school children.

U.S. District Magistrate Judge Charles M. Binder set Ingersoll's bond at $100,000, but made it unsecured, meaning she didn't have to put up any money to be released. 

U.S. Attorney Janet L. Parker requested Binder make it a condition of her bond that she not possess firearms, explosive devices or weapons, which he granted. 

(That means Ingersoll will have to hum—and not sing—along with part of Warren Zevon's "Lawyers, Guns and Money".)

The Ingersolls split their time between Traverse City and Bay City, living in an historic Center Avenue home (left) when they're not running between bank branches making $9,000 cash deposits.



In 2009, Ingersoll's backyard garden (right) received the September residential "Bay City In Bloom" award.

"We are blessed with such wonderful soil," Deborah Ingersoll said at the time. "I've often joked that you can throw something on the ground and it will grow."

If you look closely, you might spot her money tree.

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